Hidden Virus On My Computer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Windows Sux, May 28, 2011.

  1. Windows Sux macrumors newbie

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    So i ran a preference tool and found to bad preferences.
    Normally I look up what it is to see if I can delete it.
    The two preference files found are NO WHERE on the internet.
    I've googled and searched and for some reason there is no clue of them even existing on the internet.
    Should I delete them? Is it some sort of malware or virus? Here they are

    ~ /Library/Preferences/com.voipgraphics.monteith.plist
    ~ /Library/Preferences/com.quicropron.rainbird.plist
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    In what way are preferences files a virus? A virus is a self replicating malicious piece of computer software. These are not even software, just files. They are, most likely, nothing to worry about at all.
     
  3. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    YOU ran some program that wrote a preference file to your computer do that the next time you run said program it already knows your preferences. While I don't know the specifics the voipgraphics was some voice over Internet protocol program. Did you do live verbal chat (e.g. like Skype)? And rainbird is an irrigation company.

    As for virus, no. I. I don't think that word means what you think it does.
     
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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  6. Windows Sux thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ive never used any type of voip and never downloaded anything involving irrigation. Weird.. So am i ok to delete these?
     
  7. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    yes.

    the .plist files would simply be recreated if you launch the related app(s) next time and the worst that can happen is that you will have to re-do settings etc.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    .plist files are not malware. They're basically text files and can do nothing on their own. No viruses exist in the wild that can run on Mac OS X, and there never have been any, since it was released 10 years ago. The handful of trojans that exist can be easily avoided with some basic education, common sense and care in what software you install. Read the link that Jolly Giant posted.
     

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